Symposium and Workshop: Visualization and the Holocaust

Analyzing Space and Place with Digital Methods and Geographical, Textual, and Visual Sources

January 17-18, 2019
Nasher Museum of Art and Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture

Duke University

Co-Sponsored by The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies (Duke University) and The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)Duke Sponsors: Nasher Museum of Art; Office of the Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Division; Duke Research Computing; John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute; Center for Jewish Studies

This public conference (Nasher Museum) and expert workshop (Wired! Lab) seek to reflect synthetically on the first decade of historical and spatial analysis of the Holocaust through the use of digital methods. What interpretive problems are illuminated by different physical, textual, and visual sources, such as physical killing sites, bureaucratic documents and postwar survivor interview transcripts, photographs and maps? What digital methods can manage and integrate large volumes of diverse historical evidence that has previously been used in depth mainly in locally focused case studies? How can we use the iterative process of computational analysis as a positive mode of inquiry to ask more probing and complex questions? And what new insights could computational approaches yield?

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